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Stahlecker Selections

After Dayton

Carrier, C.S.

All Pilgrim

All Pilgrim examines the push and pull between seeking and settling
Ford, Stephanie

The Always Broken Plates of Mountains

“We are so harmed we are beautiful…”
McLarney, Rose


Animalities reaches into the past, breathes in the present, and extends to the future in a lyric exploration of life
Lee, David Dodd

The Arrival

Simko, Daniel and Carolyn Forché, intro.

Bastards of the Reagan Era

Bastards of the Reagan Era challenges and confronts many of the difficult realities that frame America
Betts, Reginald Dwayne

Begging for It

A coming-of-age debut collection from a Bulgarian immigrant as he explores desire, longing, and growing up gay in America
Dimitrov, Alex

Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows

In this striking debut, Leigh’s poems seek again and again to reconcile faith and beauty with the violent realities of trauma
Leigh, Eugenia

Blue Guide

From ancient Rome to post-9/11 Manhattan, Briccetti’s keenly-observed poems connect us to the lives of those around us
Briccetti, Lee

Boys of My Youth

Meditations on nature cohabit with explorations of family entanglements giving insight, empathy, and wit to our experiences
Okrent, Rebecca


A brilliant debut collection that addresses human use of imagination as a means of displacement
Denrow, Jennifer

The Children Are Reading

These poems are written through the lens and with the cadences of children (or adults trying to remember being children)
Fried, Gabriel

Coming About

These lyric poems come from a voice of authority, where the terrain is at once discovered and known, palpable yet mysterious
Gillett, Michelle

The Cumulus Effect

Titled after the sequential patterns of shape-shifting clouds, The Cumulus Effect explores geography, desire, and memory
Barizo, J. Mae

The Currency

Otremba, Paul


Poems that offer a compassionate yet relentless portrait of Deadbeat—an absent father and husband—and the family that goes on without him
Nicorvo, Jay Baron

Dear Weather Ghost

Poems of exile rooted in classic images and a distinct lyrical style
Ginsburg, Melissa


Rich in intertextuality, Digest improvises form and contemplates the canon while pushing us to question the identities we create
Pardlo, Gregory


This collection maps an intimate, dislocated route across human and nonhuman bodies, forming a concert of emotional intensities
Pindyck, Maya


An intense second collection of rich narrative and meditative scenes set in a harsh yet intricate inner and exterior landscape.
Allbery, Debra

For the Love of Endings

Ben Purkert’s debut poetry collection celebrates and laments the disintegration of our relationships and our world
Purkert, Ben

The Foundling Wheel

A Puerto Rican American poet takes us on his journey through, and celebration of, gay adoption, fatherhood, and partnership
Falconer, Blas

The Glimmering Room

Poems that give voice to the voiceless in the face of poverty, addiction, war, and consumerism
Cruz, Cynthia

Hemming the Water

Often mimicking fairy tales or ancient fables, these are poems wrought from daughterhood, motherhood, siblinghood, and the love of music
Harvey, Yona

Holding Ground

Rich in the language of American music and New England scenery, these poems teach us about life’s journey
Willard, Bruce

A Hotel in Belgium

These poems investigate the delicacy of human relationships and the hopeful relentlessness with which we pursue them
Lauer, Brett Fletcher


Youn, Monica

Imaginary Royalty

These harrowing poems focus on how human connection can both transcend devastation as well as complicate our individual sense of existence
Field, Miranda


This second collection by award-winning poet Cammy Thomas is a meditation on impermanence, focused on a family confronting death
Thomas, Cammy

January Machine

This long poem enacts the restless mind at work, which becomes the ground for action, for critique and for re-imagining America
Schlegel, Rob

The Man With Many Pens

The book is concerned with the multiple complex emotions of love
Wells, Jonathan

The Names of Birds

The Names of Birds is a book of connected poems about birds, names, and perception
Wolff, Daniel

No Small Gift

Centered on the theme of regaining a voice, the collection manifests poetry’s power to distill meaning from the chaos of trauma
Franklin, Jennifer

Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin

“my body/ is a mortal moon/ of water”
Donnelly, Patrick

The Off-Season

The Off-Season grapples with the question of how to be in the world
Levitt, Jen

On the Other Side, Blue

A brave and beautiful work that navigates the complex emotional landscape of grief
Nogues, Collier

The Opposite of People

An examination of how we live lives built by films, television, songs, and commercials
Frank, Patrick Ryan

Orphan Fire

This remarkable sequence of lyric poems combines to a beautiful, luminous exploration of emotional intensity, of how the body is inhabited by fear, or love, or “a cynical knowledge that helps us endure.” The images in these poems will be etched in your mind long after you have put this book down.
Valles, Alissa

Pax Americana

A host of voices speak through the American Experience expressing indignation, bafflement, and longing
Otremba, Paul


A memoir of grief after a father’s death set in Paris, New York, and Berlin
Reilly, Rebecca


A debut collection unfolding from the discovery of one man’s body in the desert along the U.S./ Mexico border
Little, Margaree

Round Lake

A family is lost and discovered among the pages of Round Lake
Bonner, Grace


Tseng, Sandy

Series | India

Series | India is a sequence of poems linked by threads of intersecting and overlapping stories
Gray, Elizabeth T., Jr.

She Has a Name

She Has a Name tells the story of a woman with autism and her family as they share difficulties, doubt, anger, and love
Moon, Kamilah Aisha

Starshine & Clay

These poems run the gamut between human striving and suffering, ultimately imbued with a tenacious hope
Moon, Kamilah Aisha

Stories That Listen

Spirited and fragmented poetry that echoes the way we think and remember.
Becker, Priscilla

Threat Come Close

A stunning debut collection that interrogates what it means to be black and male in America
Coleman, Aaron


Topaz explores the immediate and lingering effects of WWII prison camps on Japanese American families and on future generations
Dempster, Brian Komei

The Traps

Tight, lyrical poems that reveal their “story” through images that overlay seduction and cruelty
Mathias, Louise

The Tyranny of Milk

London, Sara

Violent Blues

Violent Blues focuses on personal violence—the violence we perpetrate on ourselves—and how we attempt to resolve it
Willard, Bruce

What the Right Hand Knows

Healy, Tom

When Hollywood Comes to You

A debut collection of poems about everyday loneliness, set to music
Guerra, Vincent

Without Compass

In this debut collection of lyric poems, self-doubt becomes sacrificial offering
Miller, Benjamin

Wolf and Pilot

Poems can weave together a dark, quirky fairy tale—and these do—that blends childish passion and adult sensibility
Field, Farrah

You Darling Thing

A book-length meditation on courtship and the language of endearment, the social promise of marriage as a type of fulfillment, as well as the tension between a desire to be alone and a desire to not be lonely
Ferrell, Monica